Day 17: Jacqueline Ayer: Drawing on Thailand

Saturday 17 June (runs until 22 October – open Tuesday -Sunday 10am-6pm) at House of IllustrationJacqueline Ayer’s picture books were a remarkable addition to children’s literature in 1960s America and the UK. Documenting the back lanes of Bangkok, they brought a bold vision of Asian life to the western market at a time when diverse cultures were not authentically portrayed.

Two of her five ground-breaking picture books will be reissued for the first time since 1959 by US publisher Enchanted Lion Books, to coincide with the exhibition: ‘Nu Dang and His Kite’ and ‘The Paper Flower Tree’.

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Day 17: Make/Draw/Discuss

Saturday 17 June: 

11am-1pm & 2-4pm – Someone Special – at Finsbury Park Trust 225-229 Seven Sisters Road N4 2DA Join local author, illustrator and paper engineer John O’Leary, and artist Irma Irsara for a hands-on family event that combines pop-up design, illustration and wordplay. Make your very own pop-up creations on the theme of ‘Someone Special’. Learn basic mechanisms and how to develop them into more complex designs, all in easy-to-follow steps. The workshops are free and all materials are supplied – just bring your creativity! Suitable for children 5 and upwards along with parents and carers.

1-5pm: Book Cover Design Adult Masterclass @ House of Illustration Learn how to create a dynamic book cover layout using paper cutting and other illustration techniques. £35 full price £30 concession

2-5pm Spoken Word, Mental Health & Activism for SLAMbassadors @ WORD – The Poetry Society cafe  Join us for an afternoon discussing how poetry can bring about positive change in self-care practice and political strategizing.  Our panel of performers and poets, including Hussain Manawer, Deanna Rodger & Cecilia Knapp will be talking ‘Spoken Word, Mental Health & Activism’. This event will be chaired by Nazmia Jamal.

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Day 16: Words from Word2017 poet-in-residence…

We are Words

Their meaning, their dreaming,

The message they’re streaming.

We use them to shape our lives, as bribes

To make enemies and allies,

We use them to find our tribes.

We are words,

Their story, their song,

They define right and wrong,

Always on the tip of your tongue.

We pin them to the page

We read them to be amazed.

We are words,

They connect us, correct us,

Make us find one another

Yes, they collect us.

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust,

A lie, a promise, a trust.

We are words,

We dance with them through time,

They are our partners in rhyme

Cool, cruel or kind,

The stitching in our story-line

The eloquent ties that bind.

by Paul Lyalls, Word2017 Poet in Residence

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Day 15: Summer Ball and Sound Minds

Thursday 15 June:

2-5pm – Join Cubitt for their annual Summer Ball at Islington Assembly Hall on this year’s theme ‘Journeys’ – take part in dancing, sharing stories, art exhibitions, making workshops and more! As always accompanied by an abundance of tea, cake and conversation.

This year’s event also sees the premiere of House of Illustration’s ‘Memory Lane Game’ created with older people.

7-9pm at Platform Youth Hub – Cardboard Citizens and Lyrix Organix present Sound Minds Vol. 1 

The madness and badness of 21st century city living can leave you frantic, cranked up and get your mind spinning.

How do we achieve simplicity and some degree of tranquility?

Within the hive of activity and vanity that is London city?

How can our minds be free?

Maybe music is the key…?

Join us for the live sharing of Sound Minds Vol.1: a concept album for the 21st century devised, written, produced and performed by young people. Admission Free


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Day 14: #Living Lyrics

Wednesday 14 June 6pm @ St. Luke’s Centre join Key Changes for  the fabulous #Living Lyrics – Open Mic event 

The Living Lyrics project provides support and encouragement from music industry mentors for young people and young adults in Islington to explore themes around mental health and wellbeing in the context of the issues and causes within their community through poetry, song, spoken word, hip hop, and grime. Living Lyrics is produced by Key Changes, an Islington mental health charity celebrating 20 years of providing music services in hospitals and the community for people experiencing mental health problems. The event will also include Open Mic contributions from Key Changes service users and the St Luke’s Centre local community

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#Word2017 bloggers – creative response #1

For #Word2017 a team of young creative bloggers working with All Change will post poetry and creative writing responding to festival events and performances. Here is their first piece – created after Book End No. 1  on 1 June 2017 – the launch event for this year’s festival:

For a long time she had felt….
Like the observer
The person looking through a spyglass unable to touch what she saw
Bottom of the heap
The invisible ghost along the corridor
A floating planet unlocked out of gravity, desperate for the sun

Until one day a friendly face gave her…
A book that spoke her story
A pen and paper to make her own
A space to dance
A space to create
A tune to play
The notes to make a song.
She was given…
A stage to be be seen
A microphone to be heard.

She had found her centre…
In words
In music
In pictures
In movement
In laughter
In people
She had found herself.

by Naomi Money – #Word2017 Creative Blog Team


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Day 12: Words are Birds

Monday 12 June 7pm: All Change presents – Words are Birds at Thornhill Primary School  A fun night of poetry and rhymes for all the family with live performances by Word2017’s poet-in-residence Paul Lyalls and pupils from Thornhill Primary School with very special guest John Hegley. This is a partnership between All Change and Thornhill Primary School as part of their Outer Space programme – a unique initiative, which sees artists working in collaboration with teachers and pupils throughout the year, investigating creative questions through arts activities. £2 Donation to the school on the door.

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